The Pulitzer Prizes awards will be announced today, starting at 3pm. You can watch the announcements live here.
An internal review has revealed that Buzzfeed editors have, on three occasions, deleted articles on the site that criticized the products major advertisers. According to a memo sent to staff members, the posts took aim at Pepsi, Microsoft, and Axe body spray. Gawker has been following this story closely, and has long questioned Buzzfeed EIC Ben Smith’s assertion that deletions of posts in the past have been based on editorial standards and not advertiser pressure. Gawker’s J.K. Trotter prints the new Buzzfeed memo, and writes: “Smith’s admirable desire to preserve the Chinese wall between BuzzFeed’s editorial and advertising departments appears to have fallen short on more than one occasion.” The Columbia Journalism Review has also weighed in, submitting a report on “Buzzfeed’s censorship problem.”
Meanwhile, Buzzfeed gives an exclusive sneak peak of the cover of Salman Rushdie’s forthcoming novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, which will be published by Random House in September.
The Los Angeles Times has named the winners of its annual book prizes.